Rosenlund Family Foundation

OVERVIEW:  This funder supports causes for underserved youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Arts education and environmental education are top priorities for Rosenlund.

FUNDING AREAS: Underserved youth, disadvantaged neighborhoods, arts education, environmental education

IP TAKE: Early in the calendar year, pitch a Philadelphia-based arts or environmental project that works with underprivileged youth. Resources are limited, but this is a great niche funder to know in Philly.

PROFILE: The Rosenlund Family Foundation was established in 1962 as a private grantmaking organization to continue the generosity of Arthur O. Rosenlund. They support organizations that address needs of underserved youth in Philadelphia. More specifically, it supports youth causes for arts education and environmental education.

Rosenlund prefers to work with small and medium-sized organizations in Philadelphia and provides grants to organizations that have operating budgets of $1.5 million or less. Within arts education and environmental education, it likes projects that “foster knowledge, creativity, interest in the preservation of our natural environment, and that provide the skills necessary to be successful in school and today's workforce.”

A list of recent grants can be viewed here. Most grants range from $2,000 to $5,000. Past grantees include the Asian Arts Initiative, The Clay Studio, Enchantment Theatre Company, Musicopia, and Smith Memorial Playground. Past projects supported include a youth arts workshop, poetry program, arts and garden program, music theory and instruction, and an after-school children’s farm.

In a recent year, the funder reported over $3 million in assets and $153,000 in total giving.

The foundation is led by executive director Dale Mitchell, but no other staff members are listed on the funder’s websites. It is based in Haverford, Pennsylvania, but the grantmaking focus is on the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia. There are six foundation trustees, all family members: Hope Rosenlund, April Rosenlund Ford, Stephen D. Rosenlund, Alarik Rosenlund, Jr., Stephanie Rosenlund Shim, and Kristin Rosenlund Turrill. A listed phone number for the foundation is 215-419-6000, which is linked to the Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia.

You can download a grant application form from their website's guidelines page. Submit your proposal between January 1 and the last business day of February to be considered for the upcoming year’s grant cycle. Keep in mind that this is not a funder to go to for a pilot project or a new initiative: Rosenlund likes to support causes that already have stability and a significant financial backing. Also, don’t request multiyear funding: they stick to single-year projects. Elementary, secondary, and higher educational institutions are also off-limits when it comes to grantmaking.


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